Jan 23, 2024 - News

Here's who is running to be Raleigh's next mayor

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With Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin not seeking re-election, Raleigh will have a new face leading its city council after the November election.

Why it matters: Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin's surprise decision not to run has changed the balance of the race, taking out someone with widespread name recognition and a large amount of funding.

State of play: The 2022 race centered on how Raleigh will manage its growth, with plans to allow more housing types in some of the city's oldest neighborhoods being one of the hottest debates.

  • That same debate looks likely to continue into this year's election.

Who is running: Here is who has declared plans to run for mayor or is still considering a run.

  • The filing deadline to run is July 19 and the election will be Nov. 5.

Incumbent Mayor Baldwin: Baldwin said she is not running for re-election, citing a recent cancer diagnosis as well as her husband's health issues as reasons for her not running.

Dix Park Conservancy CEO Janet Cowell: Cowell has helped run Dix Park's philanthropic and planning arm for the past three years.

  • Prior to that she has worked in finance; served as N.C. State Treasurer from 2009 to 2016; was a state senator representing Wake County from 2005 to 2009; and a Raleigh City Council member from 2001 to 2004.
  • Cowell, who launched her campaign in January, enters the race with the endorsements of former mayors Charles Meeker and Nancy McFarlane and is already busy raising campaign funds.

Council Member Corey Branch: Branch announced he would run for mayor last October after representing Southeast Raleigh on the city council for the past nine years.

N.C. State professor Terrance "Truth" Ruth: After getting more than 40% of the vote against Mayor Baldwin in 2022, Ruth announced in March he will mount another mayoral campaign.

Mortgage broker Paul Fitts: Fitts, so far the lone Republican candidate in the nonpartisan race, told The News & Observer in December he would run.

Local activist Delmonte Crawford: Crawford has been campaigning for the position since last summer.

Student James Shaughnessy IV: Shaughnessy, a pre-law student at William Peace University, has also launched a campaign for mayor.

Editor's note: We've updated this story with new candidates.


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